Recently a message from Mr. Shah Hussain Murtazawi, Deputy Spokesman of Presidential Office is circulated throughout the social media that clearly accused and insulted Mr. Nasir Fayyaz, Ariana News Journalist and Political Program Presenter.
Mr. Fayyaz has asked the entities supporting media in Afghanistan to follow up this issue.
According to the 34th Article of the Constitution, freedom of expression is secure from invasion and remonstrance. But an offense against individual liberty, accusation and defamation without any document is considered crime. In accordance to Nai’s belief the Deputy spokesperson of the Presidential office not only has insulted Mr. Fayyaz but also has accused him that he should be accountable regarding that.
Regarding the mentioned issue, Mr. Abdul Mujeeb Khalvatgar, Nai Managing Director said that, “Determining assignment by a government spokesperson for media and journalists is against the law and it is considered to be a limitation of freedom of expression which can make freedom of expression undermined. Healthy criticism can be the cause of reform but if it touches the ethical standards of journalism and does not despise it.”
Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan along with asking the Spokesperson of Presidential Office to be accountable regarding the accusation and insult that has made to the journalistic community, meanwhile asks the Attorney General Office to seriously investigate this issue and assure that the media community in the country that stands against any offender who wants to set off the voice of journalists and the media and does not allow freedom of expression to be harmed.